Shopping, activities set Saturday in Port Townsend

Deals, Choo Choo, swag-making offered

Small Business Saturday participants will offer a slew of deals and events after Black Friday wraps up today.

The day after Thanksgiving, commonly known as Black Friday, is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the season. However, Small Business Saturday on the day after Black Friday is increasing in popularity.

In Jefferson County, Port Townsend businesses in Uptown and Downtown will offer special deals during Small Business Saturday.

The campaign is sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, participating businesses, the City of Port Townsend and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), New American Funding, and Richmond American Homes.

Saturday will be the first day of the season that the Kiwanis Choo Choo rolls through town. It also will be out on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.

A large festival tent at Tyler Plaza will be in place and decorated Saturday to provide a comfortable venue to get a meal-to-go or a hot drink and have a seat out of the elements while shopping.

A free workshop for making Christmas swag (wreath-like decorations made from pine branches) is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the heated tent.

Caroling with the Wild Rose Chorale will be on the streets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Winners of the merchant window decorating contest will be announced.

Port Townsend’s tree-lighting ceremony will be at dusk Dec. 3 at Haller Fountain.

That day also will feature caroling with the Wild Rose Chorale, an opportunity to make and take home ornaments at the Tyler Street Plaza tent and photo opps with Santa and the Kiwanis Choo Choo by Flagship Landing.

On Dec. 10 will be last-minute holiday gift wrapping by Kiwanis Key Club/Rotary Interact Club students at the heated tent.

Winners of the annual Uptown Gingerbread Contest at the Port Townsend Public Library will be announced Dec. 22.

For more information, see ptmainstreet.org.

Clallam County

In Clallam County the largest Saturday celebration will be in Sequim.

Lights on a 60-foot tree donated by an anonymous resident will go live at Centennial Place, the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Hometown Holidays.

Hometown Holidays will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature the Sequim City Band, Juan de Fuca Harmony (formerly Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus) and Sequim Community Church Singers throughout the afternoon.

Santa Claus will arrive at 2 p.m. The Sequim Museum’s Tractor parade will begin at 5 p.m., traveling south on Sequim Avenue and then west along Washington Street to Mariner Cafe.

For more information, visit www.sequimchamber.com.

In Port Angeles, downtown merchants will offer special deals for three days beginning today.

More than 30 retailers and restaurants are participating.

Shoppers buy #supportangeles tote bags for $10. Each bag is filled with coupons. Shoppers who show their bag and coupons to participating merchants get special deals.

All proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Winter Ice Village.

Tote bags can be purchased at www.bit.ly/smallbizweekend or at the Winter Ice Village ticket booth at 121 W. Front St., in downtown Port Angeles.

Those who buy online can print out their confirmation receipts or screenshot them and bring them to the ticket booth at the ice skating rink.

Forks

In Forks, the West End Business and Professional Association (WEBPA) drawings for Turkeys in November and Santa Bucks are in person after two years of a modified system due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The blue WEBPA tickets are available for those who shop at participating businesses until Dec. 17. The tickets can be brought to the drawings each Saturday at 1 p.m. outside Forks Outfitters at 950 S. Forks Ave.. Must be present to win.

Six turkeys were given away in November and Santa Bucks drawing will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Santa Bucks spend just like cash. The group will also be doing the Shopping Spree Drawing, winners need not be present to win the Shopping Spree.

A Twinkle Light Parade, Festival of Trees and other holiday events are planned next weekend in Forks.

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